Dear Supporters of Sinha family:
Namaste. This is to update you on the hearing that was held on Friday, June 10 for Julian Daley, one of the accused who is back in jail since April for violating bail conditions by going on a school owned property and getting involved in a brawl. The hearing was to decide if his original bail of $600,000 should be forfeited. Judge Bradley Ferencz had already raised the bail to one million dollars.
Dr. Divyendu Sinha
The defense lawyer, Mitchell Ansell and the counsel for the bail bond company came up with a ridiculous argument that a bail was not a guarantee of good behavior. Bail was only intended to make sure that the defendant presented himself at the hearing. Middlesex county Assistant Public Prosecutor, Christopher Kuberiet countered that argument forcefully.
We were hoping that the judge would order forfeiture of $600,00 bail. However, the judge decided to only order forfeiture of $10,000 from the bail bond of $60,000 (10% of the bail amount) because of Daley’s violation of his bail conditions for a second time in April. This amount was equivalent to the cost of two days of court’s time. He also cancelled that bail, meaning money would return to the bail bondsman.
He kept the new bail at $1,000,000 (as was set after April re-arrest of Julian Daley) and ordered that it be all cash bail meaning it could not be secured by any property, bond or other means. He also stipulated that if the bail were posted, Julian Daley would be under house arrest (instead of current 10 PM to 6 AM curfew) and were he to be arrested again,or involved in any criminal activity, the bail will be forfeited. As of this writing, we do not know, if the bail has been posted.
There was also a hearing on the results of Julian Daley’s psychiatric evaluation which was requested by and carried out by a psychiatrist of Defense’s choice. However, the Defense attorney chose to withdraw the motion, presumably, because of negative impact of the results on the case.
Next hearing is this Wednesday, June 15th at 9:00 A.M. As I mentioned in last update, that hearing is for the defendant Steven Contreras, who was the driver of the getaway car. Apparently, police had questioned him
after the attack on Dr. Sinha, not realizing he was part of the attack gang. Since he was not being arrested at that time, he was not read his Miranda rights. He was read the rights, when he was later arrested. The hearing on Wednesday is to determine whether his conversations with the police before he was arrested could be part of the Prosecutor’s case or not.
We request that those of you who could spare time, attend the hearing. This shows moral support and also gives a message to the authorities that the community takes such attacks seriously and expects full justice. In rare instances, the time gets changed almost at last moment. When we have more than 24 hours notice, we do send out an updated email. So do check your email before leaving for the Court. Or feel free to call me (number below.)
Court Address, Directions and Parking Information:
Middlesex County Superior Court
56 Paterson Street, Room No. 505
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2014
The court is on the fifth floor. Look for the Judge Bradley Ferencz’s court room (#505).
Paid Parking (very reasonable rates) is available at several locations.
I find Ferren Deck on Church Street most convenient, as you can access the court house by following signs (third floor) from the parking deck itself.
For GPS and Mapquest directions to Ferren Deck, use
180 Church Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 or click here.
(Note: Church Street, which is one way North to South is closed from Neilson St., off Rte. 27 South, which is the normal approach to Ferren Deck. If you are coming off Rte. 18 and going South on Rte. 27, go past Neilson and Georges St. and turn left on Spring St. This will take you to Church St. entrance of Ferren Deck parking.)
On street parking with meters is available but very difficult to find. For free on street parking, one has to walk several blocks; it is generally available on side streets off Livingston Ave., west of Suydam street (15-20 minutes walk).
If you care coming by train (NJtransit), it is only five minute walk from the New Brunswick station.
Gaurang G. Vaishnav
Indian American Defense League (IADL)
Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA)
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